There are plenty of reasons why we need to set intentions for personal growth. You may want to increase your skills you are already growing, or you may wish to become a certain type of person in the very near future or right now.
For instance, you might want to improve your confidence, feel more grown-up, be more independent. By setting powerful intentions you can outline how to personally grow and the steps to take to get there.
The law of attraction also comes into play when setting intentions. Once you emit your intentions into the world, then the world will emit them back, but only if you REALLY want it, and work for it.
If you haven’t read up about the Law of Attraction, you can find some helpful information here:
Very Well Mind / Understanding The Law of Attraction
Think of intentions like affirmations, however, you will be physically acting upon these intentions by believing and seeing what it is you want, in order to create change.
Why Should I Set Intentions for Personal Growth?
Personal growth is a subject we are all interested in, why wouldn’t you want to grow as a person? So, by setting intentions you can not only grow how you want to, but you can also enjoy your journey along the way.
Setting intentions for yourself is different from setting goals. There isn’t one end sight for setting intentions, it is more like opening a door to find three more doors, then five more doors. At each door, you will have learnt something new about yourself and had an enjoyable journey that feels more fulfilling. Whereas a goal is just one door that takes a longer journey to open.
Your goals are very end sighted, there’s an end goal and once it’s completed, it’s finished. Goals are also very future-focused. There is also a sense of pressure when setting a goal. Goals can also be limited to something money motivated or materialistic. For example, earning an amount by the end of the month to be able to purchase X item.
Intentions can also focus on the near future but are more about your current self, beliefs, values and motivations. You can receive your intentions by choosing to be positive towards yourself and acting upon positive decisions. Intentions keep you grounded to where you are right now, rather than what you want in the next few weeks. That is why setting intentions for personal growth will work better than setting goals. Your intentions will eventually change you overall, thus creating growth.
There are a few ways you can set your own intentions, and the key is to figure out what really works for you. Some ideas are:
- Writing “I WILL” Statements in your journal, on your phone, or anywhere you will read them often.
- Think about who it is you want to become and who you can change characteristics of yourself to become this person. Write down your current behaviours and narrow down the ones you want to change. You can then think about how you can do this every day.
- Set guides for yourself. You may want to focus on one thing at a time. For example: Being healthier, being more confident, having more involvement with the community.
How to Set Intentions
To begin with, just choose one or two intentions to set, otherwise, your mind can become overwhelmed and the process won’t work and you will end up feeling deflated! However, don’t despair, now you are on the path to setting intentions, your life will now change forever and your personal growth journey has started.
Tips on setting intentions:
Like I said previously, just choose one or two things you want to focus on.
For example, I want to play an active role in looking after the planet.
You can think about this daily, perform an action that supports this intention, and go from there. This may lead you to tons of different outcomes and experiences.
Another example could simply be: I will feel happier each day. You can spend more time thinking about your day and what made you happy, thus creating a better mindset.
Think about how someone else acts, especially if you were more like that yourself. Observe behaviours, take notes, and perform this way yourself. For example, someone you love may always see the positive in things. This doesn’t mean life has negative areas, however, this person manages to see the good and accept the bad. You can learn to do the same.
You could create a list of words that make you feel a certain way. These words may inspire you to be a different and better person just by reading them each morning or night.
For instance: Happiness, good vibes, calm, slow, warm, and so on. Just by reading these nice words, you can set intentions for the day ahead, creating a domino effect in your personal growth leading to many more positive experiences.
Thank you for reading this lengthy post. I hope you have found some powerful inspiration here somewhere.
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